Thursday, 26 August 2010

Pink lace shawl - my masterpiece...

I am finished! Finally!

I started this shawl in beginning of June, remember this??. Then I crocheted on it during the Princess wedding, the Football Championship and in the car on our vacation. It is definitely the crafting project that has taken me the longest time to complete it. And with all these loooooong projects there is always a chance that you might not get satisfied with the finished result, and that you spent a lot of time and money in vain. Well. Not this time! I just looove it and I am so proud of myself that I actually managed to finish it!

I went to my local yarn shop for something to crochet and she showed me this shawl in a pattern book and I immediately fell in love with it. It was pictured in white, but in order to go with my wardrobe I decided to go with a very light pink instead. There were supposed to be small squares between the larger one, but I didn't think that the shawl got light enough with all that yarn.
It is a very thin yarn (Catania fine from Coats) and I worked it with a 2,5mm needle (thank God for those ergonomic needles from Clover) each square will take at least 20-25 minutes to complete, longer if it is attached to another square. And there are 105 squares, and 13 half-squares... And then I had to fasten all threads, which took me one evening...
So, even if I haven't been sewing during the vacation, I sure have been crafty. I don't know what it is with crocheting that suits my personality. I would never have been able to make this with knitting needles. I would probably have given up before it was large enough to fit a doll, but crocheting somehow is easier, and I have no problems with taking on HUGE projects like this.
I've already started on my next project... And that one will probably take even longer time, but in order to keep my daughter from stealing this shawl I will make her something. My goal is to finish it before Christmas, or perhaps her birthday in March....

12 comments:

Rita alias alatvian said...

WOW! Great work! Congratulations!

Anna said...

it's really beautiful kaja! You did a wonderful job and should be very proud of yourself!!

Ann said...

It's gorgeous!
I'm sure your girl will be happy to have a shawl for herself too!

Vindling said...

Den är underbar! Det är fantastiskt egentligen hur olika man kan uppskatta en färg beroende på vad man ser den på. Jag skulle aldrig valt den färgen om jag skulle göra ett liknande projekt, men när man ser den klar sådär, åhhhhh!!!!!

JK said...

Love the oldfashioned pink. Wonderful project and fantastically crafted!

willow and moo said...

Kaja, the shawl is so beautiful!!!

NAIMIEZ said...

UNDERBAR!!! <3

Morrgan said...

Congrats! It looks great!

Anna Skapar said...

Jag är tvärt om... stickar hellre än virkar, men tycker att virkade sjalar är underbart vackra. Och denna är inget undantag!
Måste passa på att tacka dig också. Mitt nästa projekt är från ett av dina Etsy Monday mood... Ska bara ladda lite. Lusten som försvann i somras har ännu inte infunnit sig...

MemLin said...

Superfin! Förstår att det tog tid att få den färdig :-)

retrostuff said...

Hej! Mina mail till dig studsar bara tillbaka!
:) det finns en massa mönstersömmar och andra finesser på min gamla klenod.
Det syr sjukt fina knapphål och perfekt raksöm. Det är ungefär raksöm och knapphål
jag syr på den. Sen har jag ju en overlock till resten. Jag har haft en hel bunt med datoriserade
maskiner. En Brother, en Husquarna och en Jarome. Men jag tror att kretskorten brinner
upp bara för att jag ska köpa en ny!
Nä, skämt åsido... vad vill du ha för din ”gamla”.

Ha en bra dag / My

Aleisa said...

Men Jisses, vad himla fin!!!!! jag önskar mig jag kunde virka, men tyvärr det verkar inte vara något för mig. Jag kommer inte så ofta till dig, men lika glad och inspirerat varje gång, ha en trevligt kväll!